Edmund Henry Lenon

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Edmund Henry Lenon
Victoria Cross Medal without Bar.png
Born 26 August 1838
Mortlake, Surrey
Died 15 April 1893
Lambeth, London
Buried at Kensal Green Cemetery
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Unit 67th Regiment of Foot
Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
Battles/wars Second Opium War
Awards Victoria Cross

Lieutenant Colonel Edmund Henry Lenon VC (26 August 1838 – 15 April 1893) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.


Lenon was 21 years old, and a lieutenant in the 67th Regiment of Foot (later The Royal Hampshire Regiment[1]), British Army during the Second Opium War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 21 August 1860 at the Taku Forts, China, Lieutenant Lenon, with Lieutenant Robert Montresor Rogers and Private John McDougall of the 44th Foot, displayed great gallantry in the ditches and entering the North Taku Fort by an embrasure during the assault. They were the first of the British troops established on the walls of the Fort.[2]

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After retirement with the rank of Brevet Major, he was commanding officer of the 3rd (West Kent) Kent Rifle Volunteers from 1871 to 1883 in the rank of lieutenant-colonel.[3] His Victoria Cross is displayed at The Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum & Memorial Garden in Winchester, England.[4]


  1. ^ "The Royal Hampshire Regiment". Retrieved March 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ "No. 22538". The London Gazette. 13 August 1861. p. 3363. 
  3. ^ Army Lists.
  4. ^ Grave details